Miscellaneous Jasper County, Missouri Obituaries


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Michael S. Curry

Michael S. Curry, 50, Carthage, died at 11:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, at Carthage Health and Rehab Center, Carthage.

Mr. Curry was born March 13, 1951, at Carthage to Vaughn and Evelyn Curry. He attended Carthage schools and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an auto body repairman for Larry Darland Motors, Carthage, for several years.

He was a member of the Temple Baptist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Evelyn Curry, of the home; and two brothers, Danny Curry, Carthage, and Patrick Curry, Webb City.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vaughn Curry, on Aug. 15, 1988.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Greys Point Cemetery, northeast of Carthage. Minister Bob Lyttle will officiate. Visitation is set for 7-8 p.m. tonight at the home, 1911 S. Baker.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association in care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

William "Bill" Dodson

William "Bill" Dodson, 72, Sarcoxie, died at 10:20 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, at McCune-Brooks Hospital after becoming ill in Sarcoxie.

Mr. Dodson was born Sept. 3, 1929, at Sarcoxie and had been a lifetime area resident. He graduated from Sarcoxie High School in 1947. He joined the U.S. Airforce Oct. 29, 1948, and retired Dec. 31, 1969. He was director of the Sarcoxie Civil Defense and Ambulance Service, served on the city council as well as the Sarcoxie Fire Department and Sarcoxie Police Department, and was bailiff for the Jasper County Circuit Court.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Sarcoxie. He was a member and past president of the Lions Club, Sarcoxie Senior Center, the Gene Taylor Library and the Senior Housing. He was a member of the Sarcoxie Lodge No. 293, Sarcoxie Chamber of Commerce, Jasper County Sheriff Deputy, Air Force Sergeants Association, American Legion and the American Military Society. 

Survivors include his mother, Anna Burkey, Sarcoxie; four sisters, Dorothy Burkey, Reeds, Betty Reid, Wentworth, Phyllis Carr, Sarcoxie, and Carolyn Branum, Houston, Texas.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at Housh Funeral Home, Sarcoxie. The Revs. Gloria Gold and Bob McQueen will officiate. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Springfield.

Visitation is set for 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Clyde Reeves, Rodney Guinn, Bill Horrell, Gerald Pennington, Bill Clement and Tom Canfield.

Maggie Neoma Steinkamp

Maggie Neoma Steinkamp, 87, Carthage, died at 11:50 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at St. Luke's Nursing Center after a short illness.

Mrs. Steinkamp was born May 29, 1914, at Reeds to Frank and Jessie (Patton) Thorn. She was a homemaker and attended the Assembly of God of Reeds.

She married Woodrow "Woody" Steinkamp on Jan. 8, 1933, at Carthage. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1982.

Survivors include three sons, Jim Steinkamp, Diamond, Gary Steinkamp, Carthage and Roy Steinkamp, Bonham, Texas; three daughters, Lu Smith, Hemet, Calif., Jean Starkey, Lufkin, Texas, and Kay Adams, Grants Pass, Ore.; a brother, Charles Thorn, Gardena, Calif.; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage. The Rev. Don Anderson will officiate. Visitation is set for 7-8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Jasper Cemetery, southeast of Carthage.

Beth Taylor

Beth Marie Taylor, 52, Carterville, died at 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Taylor was born May 24, 1949, at Sarcoxie to Donald and Earline Spence. She was a graduate of Carterville High School. She was a resident of Carthage for over 20 years, working as a legal assistant for Crandall, Dally & Crawford Law Firm for 18 years, a clerk for the Jasper County Circuit Court office and as an assistant trust administrator for the Southwest Missouri Bank, Joplin. She was an active member of the Xi Zeta Chi chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. 

She married William L. Taylor on Aug. 3, 1992, at Eureka Springs, Ark. He survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Lucian, Wichita, Kan.; two sons, Cale Cooper, Alba, and Brent Taylor, Harragate, England; a brother, Dale Spence, Webb City; a sister, Lela Overman, Columbus, Kan.; her mother, Earline Spence, Carterville; and three grandchildren. 

Her father, Donald Spence, preceded her in death.

Visitation was from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the home, 1045 S. Garrison, Carthage. Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at Knell Mortuary with the Rev. Fred Royer officiating. Burial was in Emanuel Cemetery, southeast of Carthage.

Memorials are suggested to the Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship Fund.

James R. Lobbey

James R. "Jim" Lobbey, 62, Carthage, died at 7:44 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at his home.

Mr. Lobbey was born June 15, 1939, in Joplin and was a lifetime area resident. He graduated from Joplin High School with the class of 1957 and attended Missouri Southern State College, graduating witha degree in communications. He worked in the broadcasting industry, primarily in the area of management. At the time of his death, he was serving as clerk of the Jasper County Commission.

He was actively involved in many area civic and community organizations and the "Therapy Dog Program" for area residents in nursing homes. 

He married Christina Christensen on Nov. 15, 1997, in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives.

Also surviving is a stepsister, Gloria Stephens of Joplin.

Services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Christian Church in Carthage, where there will be tributes from friends and colleagues. Visitation is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin.

Memorials are suggested to the Lobbey Therapy Dog Fund in care of the mortuary.

Rosa Lee Monroe

LAMAR, Mo. -- Rosa Lee Monroe, 63, Lamar, died at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at her residence after an unexpected illness.

Mrs. Monroe was born June 16, 1938, in Lamar to Ivan C. and Zona (Waggoner) Voorhees. She was a lifetime area resident and worked in quality control repair at O'Sullivan Industries in Lamar for 31 years.

She was a member of the Lamar First Christian Church and the Liberal Booster Club. She helped with Liberal Girl Scouts and was very active in her grandchildren's school activities at Liberal High School.

She married Earl Hartley on Feb. 2, 1958, in Lamar. She later married Melvin Monroe on Oct. 23, 1976.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet Hartley Searles, Iantha, Mo.; one stepdaughter, Coleen Phillips, Andalusia, Ala.; one stepson, Melvin Monroe Jr., Longmont, Colo.; one brother, Ivan Voorhees Jr., Arma, Kan.; five sisters, Fay Storm of Lamar, Lorene Rives of Jasper, Ima Jean Pierson of Lamar, Francis McDaniel of Carthage and Dolly Toms, Lawton, Okla.; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation is set for 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Lohmeyer-Konantz Funeral Home, Lamar.

Memorials are suggested to the charity or organization of the donor's choice.

Rev. Robert "Bob" Wilson

Services for the Rev. Robert "Bob" Wilson, 57, Carthage, who died Jan. 30, 2002, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4 at First Baptist Chapel, 737 E. Seventh, Carthage.

Dr. Carl Garrett, Dr. T.O. Spicer and Dr. Keith Miles officiated. Donna Turner was the organist. Martha Spicer sang "How Great Thou Art," "When We All Get to Heaven" and "I'm a Child of the King."

Pallbearers were David Osborn, Rev. John F. Wilkins, Lonnie Hudson, William James Wilson, Shawn Hodkins and Johnny Wilson. Burial was in Park Cemetery, Carthage.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Chapel Special Ministry Fund in care of Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage.

Eunice Harper 

Eunice Elizabeth Harper, 84, Carthage, died at 1:57 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2002, at St. Luke's Nursing Center, Carthage.

Mrs. Harper was born March 21, 1918, at Jasper County, Mo., to Frank E. Lightner and Mary Kennedy Lightner. She married Jim Harper on Sept. 22, 1941, in Columbus, Kan. He preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 1970. She was a homemaker and lived on Route 1, Carthage, for over 40 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Janice Marie Rush, Carthage, and Sharon Ann Garrett, Salina, Okla.; three sons, Jimmie Dean Harper, Tommie Eugene Harper and Gary Harper, all of Carthage; two sisters, Alta Lightner and Grace Roberts, both of Webb City; four grandchildren, Roger Rush and wife Brandi, Jeffrey Rush, Teresa Block and Michelle McMannis, all of Carthage; four great-grandchildren, Josh, Joey, Justin and Jonathan.

Her husband and two brothers preceded her in death.

A family visitation will be held from 7-8 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2002, at the Knell Mortuary, Carthage. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at Hackney Cemetery, northeast of Carthage. 

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association in care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Marilyn Susan Bayless 

Marilyn Susan Bayless, 54, Carthage, died at 6:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage.

Mrs. Bayless was born March 17, 1948, in Mankato, Minn. to Darol Henry Bixby and Nellie Doris Hazel Hohrman. She worked as the district manager for the Wal-Mart jewelry department. 

She was an active member of Central Christian Center in Joplin, and in the nursing home visitation ministry in Carthage. She was also a member of the Eastern Star - White Lily Chapter, and was the town clerk for the city of Fidelity. She was also a volunteer and sponsor at Turn-Around ranch and enjoyed helping and working with children.

She married David Bayles Jan. 17, 1980 at Miami, Okla. He survives. 

Additional survivors include her parents of Wells, Minn.; two sons Lonnie Larkin of Clarksville, Tenn., and Anthony Bayless of Carthage; two brothers David Bixby of Wells, Minn., and Thomas Bixby Sr. of Florida; two sisters Josrene Klocek of Sommerseet, Wisc., and Barbara Stratton of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Appleton.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002, at Central Christian Center in Joplin. Burial will be at Fullerton Cemetery in Carthage. Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Ulmer Funeral Home. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Central Christian Center in care of the funeral home.


Donald Gene Simmons, 69, Carthage, died at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin.

Mr. Simmons was born July 13, 1933, in Webb City to Harry Simmons and Martha Dunn Simmons. He was a graduate of Webb City High School, class of 1951.

He married Barbara Fay Jordan on April 12, 1953, in Webb City.

He was a fireman for the Webb City Fire Department from 1954 to 1961, joining the Carthage Fire Department in 1963 where he earned the rank of lieutenant in 1969, assistant chief in 1977 and then led the department as chief from 1977 until his retirement on Nov. 18, 1994. In 1997, he served as department chief of the Redings Mill Fire Department until 1999. He later became a salesman for Mertz, Inc., Ponca City, Okla., a company specializing in fire equipment. 

Mr. Simmons served as chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee and coordinator of the Fire Mutual Aid for Jasper County. He was the first president of the Gateway Fire Chiefs, a board member of the Missouri State Firemen's Association, a member of the Carthage Civil Defense, State Emergency Management Association, a charter member of the Southwest Missouri Fire Fighters Association and an officer in numerous other professional organizations.

The achievements of Chief Simmons were acknowledged in the form of numerous awards and honors, including the 1988 Citizen of the Year award for the Carthage Lion's Club, the 1992 Richard M. Webster Memorial Citizen of the Year award from the Carthage Chamber of Commerce and service awards from the American Red Cross, Carthage Jaycees and National Exchange Club. 

Chief Simmons was a tireless volunteer and played an active role in the Carthage Lion's Club, Innovative Industries, the local Salvation Army, the Optimist Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Webb City Cerebral Palsy Association.

He and his wife were active members of the First Christian Church, Webb City.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of the home, ad daughter, Janice Marie Duncan, Carthage; two sons, Donald Ray Simmons, Claremore, Okla., and Douglas Gene Simmons, Carthage; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 at Fairview Christian Church, Carthage.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Fairview Christian Church. Minister Stan Parkinson will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage

Memorial contributions may be made to the Carthage Salvation Army, the American Diabetes Association, the Webb City Cerebral Palsy Center or the Over 60 Center, Carthage. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Larry D. Green

OLATHE, Kan. - Larry Dayton Green, 59, Olathe, Kan., died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at his home.

Mr. Green was born June 5, 1943, in Neosho to Beryl Dayton Green and Berniece Ballantine. He was a 1962 graduate of Sarcoxie High School and attended the Rolla School of Mines in Rolla. He owned Green's Embroidery in Gardner, Kan. and retired from Hercules Inc., Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in DeSoto, Kan. He was a member of Barnstormers, RC Model Airplane Club.

On Aug. 4, 1984, he married Wanda Lou Easley, who survives.

Additional survivors include his mother Berniece Green, Sarcoxie; three daughters, Christine Bene, Louisville, Ky., Michele DuPont, Olathe, Kan., and Victoria Green, Kansas City, Kan.; three stepchildren, Scott Fitzwater, Eldon, Brad Fitzwater, Austin, Texas, and Nicci Netter, Olathe; three sisters, Carol Nimsick, Springfield, Glenda Rowland, Branson and Cynthia Green, Sarcoxie and 10 grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at W.L. Frye and Son Chapel, Olathe.

The family suggests memorials to Parkinson's Foundation.

Ferba G. Medley

Services for Ferba Medley, Liberty, Mo., formerly of Lamar, who died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, were held Friday at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. The Rev. Keith Brumfield officiated.

Lucille Kahl was organist. Keith Brumfield sang "How Great Thou Art" and "My Redeemer Liveth."

Pallbearers were Lynn Thomas, Claude Fowler, Kirk Runnels, Clay Runnels, David Anthony Dunagan, George Boushell and Rob Powell.

Burial was in Mitchell Cemetery.

Linda M. Stephens

Graveside services for Linda Marie Stephens, 46, Carthage, who died Feb. 15, 2003, were held Feb. 21 at Carterville Cemetery, Carterville, Mo. The Rev. Carolyn Jean Rhodes and Genice O'Neil officiated.

Roger Price sang "The Rose." Penny Hancock sang "Precious Lord." Friends and family sang "Amazing Grace." Special recorded music, "I Will Never Be the Same," was played.

Mrs. Stephen's daughter, Carroll Bird, and sister, Sheilah Hartman, gave words of remembrance. 

Services were under the direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

Bob Duncan

LAMAR, Mo. - Robert C. "Bob" Duncan, 79, Lamar, died at 5:47 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, following a sudden illness.

Mr. Duncan was born Jan. 1, 1924, in Barton County to Charles W. and Mamie Marlatt Duncan. He lived and farmed in Barton County all of his life. 

On Jan. 26, 1946, he married Lois Lowe in Girard, Kan. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Jim Duncan, Lamar, daughter, Linda Robertson, Lamar; three brothers, Ralph Duncan and Orville Duncan, both of Golden City, and Glen Duncan, Lamar; two sisters, Esther Wilhelm, Lockwood, and Alice Robertson, Lamar, and three grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m. today at Daniel Funeral Home. Minister Doug Oakes officiated. Burial was in Moorehead Cemetery.

Memorial are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.

Nathan "Leon" Murray

Nathan "Leon" Murray, 61, Carthage, died at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, after a sudden illness.

Mr. Murray was born Jan. 7, 1942, in Carthage, to J.B. and Pauline Brown Murray. He lived his entire life in Carthage. He worked for Missouri Department of Transportation for 35 years as a field mechanic and field mechanic supervisor until his retirement in July 2000. He was also a farmer.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Carthage where he served as a deacon, usher and the general officer of the Sunday School Department. He was a 1960 graduate of Miller High School. He was a member of the Wrinkled Rooster Coffee Club in Carthage and the Carthage R-9 Advisory Committee. He served in the National Guard for eight years.

He was united in marriage to Margie Neely on Jan. 13, 1962, at Stone Bible Chapel in LaRussell, Mo. She survives.

Additional survivors include his mother Pauline Roper, Carthage; two daughters, Brenda and her husband, Jerry Spry, Carthage, Cheryl and her husband, Marty Jones, Carthage; two brothers, John Murray, Reston, Va., and Robert Murray, Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Nancy Buchanan, Euless, Texas; four grandchildren, Amy and Carrie Spry, Meagan and Kaleb Jones and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, J.B. Murray in 1969 and his brother, James Murray in May 2000.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at First Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at First Baptist Church, Carthage. Burial will be in Red Oak Cemetery in Lawrence County. Arrangements are under the direction of Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper.

Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church, Gideons or the American Heart Association.


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